I know it’s still summer, but who is in the mood for some fall-themed topics??? I know I am!
The first Saturday of August is always the preview event for Yankee Candle’s Boney Bunch collection. I have attended this event for the past few years and have been collecting Boney Bunch figures for 5 years. The first year I collected (2009), I really just bought one figure, the pirate seen on the left in this picture:
We were in the process of buying our first house and I knew I would be in some stage of packing/moving during the month of October, so I really didn’t want to invest in much seasonal decor at the time. But I just couldn’t resist this guy! He really kicked off my Boney Bunch habit. At the time I really knew little to nothing about Boneys, and I didn’t get him at the preview…I just happened to be walking by my local Yankee Candle at some point in early September, and he was on a display of Boneys that hadn’t sold out yet at the very front of the store.
2010 was my first year attending the preview. I think this was my favorite year, because I feel like they were in their heyday of creativity that year. They had such a variety of items, including several non-candle things. That was the first year that I got a candy dish promo-with-purchase item, which I LOVED! I also had to get the adorable salt & pepper shakers. PLUS as you can see in the photo below, they gave out small jar candles that were Boney Bunch-branded. I believe the small jar candle was free, and the candy dish was $10 with a $30 purchase. I wish they still did things like this.
I ended up skipping the preview event in 2011, because I was in the midst of my No Spend August Challenge. But I was right back to it for 2012. Last year was the first year they had a kitty Boney, which of course, I love. They did another kitty figure this year, so I am hoping that they will have a new kitty Boney every year from now on. I also got the light-up submarine (Tadd’s favorite), and the “Dead and Ferried” rowboat. I also got another promo-with-purchase candy dish (which you can see in the below pic from last year’s Halloween decorations).
THIS year, the only promo-with-purchase was a generic non-Boney pumpkin plug-in with your choice of scent refill for $5. It’s definitely cute, and I did buy one (we got the Autumn Leaves scent if you’re curious), but I also thought it was kind of lame. If I am at the Boney Bunch preview, I want the special promo item to be a Boney item, you know? I didn’t take a picture, but you can see this year’s preview promo item here. See what I mean? Cute, but nothing special.
We also got the “Bone White and the 7 Dwarves” jar holder with a medium jar in Witches’ Brew. I think this might be my favorite Boney item of ALL time! It’s SO cute! I love that Bone White is holding a black apple. Nice touch! The jar candle is adorable too. It’s hard to see, but the candle itself is black glass, and it has all these cute Halloween images in white around it. Really fun!
We also got the “Bone Dry” tea light holder, which unfortunately broke before we got it home. We brought it right back to the store and were able to order another one before they sold out (it was already sold out at my store, which is why they had to order one for us), so it should be on its way to us shortly.
And, of course, we HAD to get the kitty tealight holder!
Ever since we adopted our own Halloween black cat, Jacoby, I have been REALLY into black cat Halloween decorations. Some of you may remember last year when Yankee brought out their black cat collection at Halloween, and I could not resist ordering the tea light holder, because it looked JUST like my Jacoby!
Well, they brought back that same collection this year, and I could NOT resist this little jar clinger after Tadd pointed it out to me. So this was a total impulse purchase, and not a Boney item, but I love it!
After taking pics, I sadly packed everything back up and put it all away until September. Because August 3rd is too early, even for me, to start decorating for fall & Halloween! Soon enough, my pretties!
This totally put me in the fall/Halloween spirit all weekend. I wore my skull scarf on Saturday, burned one of my more fallish summer candles (Summer Boardwalk by Bath & Body Works…it has a very foody, bakery/cinnamon/caramel/popcorn kind of scent that reminds me more of fall than summer), and let Tadd talk me into buying a Sam Adams Harvest Collection variety pack. I drank my first pumpkin beer of the season last night!
Are you getting into fall-mode like me? Or are you holding on to summer a little longer?